As I get ready to begin another wonderful year of art and making, I'm reflecting on what is truly important to me: community and generous sharing. This has led me to make a big resolution: I want to give back to the world that supports me. For every event I do this year, I'm going to donate some of the proceeds to a charity I believe in. Every single one.
I was raised in a small town, and the old saying "it takes a village to raise a child" definitely applies to me. So many kind people have helped me in so many ways, from taking me on as an apprentice to learn a new art trade (Thank you Terry and Deb!) to supporting my fundraising campaigns so that I could compete in extracurricular programs, to buying my art and attending my events. I will always be grateful for everything my community has given me. And I am amazed at how, no matter where I go, I find a community to support me and help me flourish. It's so true that nothing great is ever accomplished alone, and I am full of gratitude for the many, many people who have helped me get to where I am today.
Which is why it's extremely important to me to give back. I want to be actively involved in making my world a better place to live in. I want to give to others what so many have given to me. I'm going to start by pledging to pair up with a charity for every event I do this year. I'm also going to continue my Minion Program to share my love of wild foods with others. I can't wait to see what this coming year brings and I want to thank you all for being part of the last one!